Blank ammo is a type of ammunition that contains gunpowder but no projectile, giving the look and sound of gunfire without firing an actual bullet. Often used for shooting simulations where a realistic look and sound is desired, such as in movies, signaling, or some types of combat training. Find a large selection of blank ammunition in most all popular calibers here!

Blank ammo is one of those things we hear about quite often in the firearms community. The purpose blanks serve is quite simple: They recreate the noise and sound of gunfire, but without sending bullets downrange. This makes them very useful for all kinds of reasons in many different occupations. Specially designed blank-firing prop firearms are sometimes used for movies, thereby avoiding gun control legislation and increasing the margin of safety because they cannot be loaded with live ammunition. 5-in-1 blanks are specifically made for theatrical use and are commonly used in real firearms for dramatic effect.

How Do Blank Ammo Works As Compared to Regular Bullets?

A blank cartridge doesn’t contain a bullet, but it does have gunpowder that burns rapidly when the gun is fired. The force of that explosion can be deadly at close range, according to Bob Lesmeister, manager of the National Association of Federally Licensed Firearms Dealers.

A regular ammunition cartridge is a brass case containing a bullet and gunpowder. It has a little hole at the back where the primer goes. When struck with the hammer of the gun, the primer makes a spark that ignites the gunpowder. The powder burns very rapidly, producing a burst of gas that expands with enough force to fire the bullet.

A blank is similar, but instead of containing a bullet, it just has some paper or felt to hold the gunpowder in place. When the hammer strikes the blank, the powder ignites with as much force as it would in a real cartridge, and the puff of igniting gas comes out of the gun barrel.

How Do Blank Ammo Works As Compared to Regular Bullets?

“Blanks aren’t toys,” said Lesmeister. “You have to remember that the force of the exploding gas is great enough to fire a bullet.” At close range, that force can shatter a skull, he said, and for large-caliber guns, the range of danger may extend 10 feet or so.

Some starter pistols use blanks that contain only primer, and therefore don’t pack as much of a punch, Lesmeister said. But their unrealistic popping sound wouldn’t pass muster for the stage and movie sets where the more powerful and real-sounding blanks are often used.

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